Army Sergeant Juan Arredondo
Spring Branch, TX (Comal County)
Mission Accomplished on June 9, 2023
Juan Arredondo was inspired to join the military by a Vietnam Veteran he interviewed for a high school project. After the Veteran shared his story and showed Juan his uniform, Juan knew it was the same path he wanted to take. He enlisted in the Army in 1998, deploying as an 14S Avenger Crewmember to Kosovo in 1999 and again to Iraq in 2004.
On Feb. 28, 2005, during his second deployment, Sergeant Arredondo was on patrol with D Company, 1/506th Infantry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, when his vehicle drove over an improvised explosive device (IED) in Ar Ramadi, Iraq. SGT Arredondo sustained multiple injuries in the blast to his arms and legs, including a severed hand and shrapnel damage to both his legs.
Juan spent a year in rehabilitation, re-learning daily activities and using a prosthesis on his arm. As a result of his injuries, he was honorably discharged in 2006, after seven years of service.
Juan is a proud father to two adult children, Rose and Diego. He works with the Wounded Warrior Project, setting up engagement opportunities for Veterans and their families. In the future, he would like to start a nonprofit organization.
Juan believes living in a specially adapted custom Homes For Our Troops home will help him pursue his plans. In his previous non-adapted home, he could not utilize his wheelchair to ease the stress on his injured legs. His single-level HFOT home with wide doorways and an open floor plan allows him to use his wheelchair, which will be beneficial as he ages.
Originally from California, Juan chose to build his home in Texas to be close to healthcare and family. He also appreciates that the community is patriotic and supportive of Veterans.
Juan says the donated home brings financial stability and peace of mind. “I have moved all over the world and the United States, never really having a place to call home. I could not say ‘thank you’ enough times to HFOT’s donors and supporters,” he says.